Every year thousands of students are needlessly introduced to the school to jail track. This track is the result of harsh discipline policies that include the use of police tickets and arrests. These practices affect students across ethnic and age groups, but overwhelmingly impact youth of color. A vast number of these offenses are minor or can be described as common adolescent behavior. This criminalization through zero tolerance or harsh policies does not increase student achievement or the security of our communities. I believe that every student in Colorado has a right to an education that will prepare them for college, not prison. With my signature today, I support the Books NOT Bars campaign and legislation that will limit police arrests and tickets in schools for minor offenses and an end to the School to Jail Track in Colorado.
Padres & Jovenes Unidos, parents, students, allies and community members.